Astronomy & Astrophysics Minor

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Required courses

The minor in astronomy and astrophysics consists of at least 12 credit hours of course work beyond the introductory calculus-based Physics courses (Physics 1250 and 1251) and the introductory calculus courses Math 1151 and 1152. 1000 level courses may not be counted towards completion of the minor program.

The following 9 hours of courses are required:

  • Astronomy 2291 (3 hours)
  • Astronomy 2292 (3 hours)
  • Astronomy 3350 (3 hours)

Elective courses

To complete the 12 credit hours required for the minor, pick one or more courses from the following list to total least 3 hours:

  • Astronomy 5681 (3 hours)
  • Astronomy 5682 (3 hours)
  • Physics 2300 (4 hours)
  • Physics 3470 (3 hours)

Other considerations

A student majoring in physics, where Physics 2300 and 2301 are required in the major program, cannot use these physics courses in the astronomy and astrophysics minor program. For these students, the minor program would be Astronomy 2291, 2292, 3350, and either Astronomy 5681 or 5682.

For students whose major program does not include Physics 2300 and 2301, the likely astronomy and astrophysics minor would be Astronomy 2291, 2292, 3350, and Physics 2300. 

Astronomy and Astrophysics minors are particularly encouraged to take Astronomy 2895 (Topics in Astrophysics). This one-credit course largely consists of lectures on contemporary research topics by various members of the Astronomy Department faculty and is graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

If you complete the minor following these guidelines, you should file a Minor Program Form with your college advisor. If you wish to pursue any variation to the above requirements, please consult with the Astronomy Undergraduate Academic Advisor.